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Old 05-17-2007, 09:52 PM
 
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Hello all,

So basically, i am a 27 year old young professional who has lived in the dc metro area for 16 years and is sick of it. Frankly, its too expensive to live here as well.

I'm looking at possibly getting a fresh start and moving to Dallas, as I've heard it is a great place to live.

I'm looking at spending around 300,000 on a place... what areas of Dallas/burbs should I be looking at? Thanks.

and it would be great if you guys could give me any other information on where the young people live, what the places to avoid are, etc.

thanks!

 
Old 05-17-2007, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Lake Highlands (Dallas)
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300K can buy you into just about any place in Dallas, save Highland Park/University Park... you might not need to spend that much, prices are substantially lower than DC here.
 
Old 05-18-2007, 04:52 AM
 
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and maybe not Southlake?
 
Old 05-18-2007, 07:01 AM
 
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Hello all,

So basically, i am a 27 year old young professional who has lived in the dc metro area for 16 years and is sick of it. Frankly, its too expensive to live here as well.

I'm looking at possibly getting a fresh start and moving to Dallas, as I've heard it is a great place to live.

I'm looking at spending around 300,000 on a place... what areas of Dallas/burbs should I be looking at? Thanks.

and it would be great if you guys could give me any other information on where the young people live, what the places to avoid are, etc.

thanks!
we just moved here from the DC area. I grew up and lived my whole life mostly around DC. We ended up buying in Frisco and so far we love it!! I do miss riding my motorcycle down the GW parkway but.. it is great out here!
 
Old 05-18-2007, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Garland Texas
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Uptown is popular with young professionals. It's close to downtown Dallas, and Love Field. There are tons of shops and restaurants in the area. Condos in uptown go from about $250k, and up about a million.

If you want something with more of a suburban feel Plano or Frisco maybe more your thing, especially if you have kids. Plano/Frisco are very upscale suburb soccer mom type places.

Highland Park and University park are upscale as well, but it tends to be a much older crowd, very blue blood. There are beautiful homes in Highalnd park, but again its very old school.
 
Old 05-18-2007, 01:32 PM
 
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If you are 27 you want to be close to the action - Downtown, Uptown, Turtle Creek, Knox-Henderson,M-Streets/Vickery Place, Lower Greenville, Lakewood, Southside, or Bishop Arts District. So many places to go, so little time!

If you want to buy a condo look in Downtown, Uptown, Turtle Creek, Southside or Knox-Henderson.

If you want a house (probably a very good investment in these areas) - you can also find them on the Henderson end of Knox-Henderson, M-Streets/Vickery Place, Lower Greenville and Lakewood -- most of these are part of East Dallas. Lakewood and M-Streets are the most expensive - you would have to find a good deal to get anything in your price range (but it is possible). You might be able to also find a house around the Bishop Arts District in North Oak Cliff, but I really don't know the current market there.
 
Old 05-18-2007, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Topeka, KS
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I would recommend you first consider renting for the short term until you find employment, if you do not already have a job lined up.
 
Old 05-18-2007, 08:52 PM
 
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how far away is plano from downtown/uptown?

is it a pain in the butt to park/hang out at downtown if you live in plano?

i just can't justify paying 300k for a 2br condo in uptown when i can buy a huge house in plano for the same price.
 
Old 05-18-2007, 09:20 PM
 
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Plano is close to uptown based on where your coming from in the US.

I've lived in DC and CA, places where 20 mile commutes were better than average and even desirable. On here, people act like you need to live less than 5 miles from everything (work/eat/entertainment, etc.) or else your just too far and you minus well be in OK. To each his own, but you should try it yourself. Plano is very centrally located, hence its popularity.
 
Old 05-18-2007, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Garland Texas
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how far away is plano from downtown/uptown?

is it a pain in the butt to park/hang out at downtown if you live in plano?

i just can't justify paying 300k for a 2br condo in uptown when i can buy a huge house in plano for the same price.
Wouldn't too much of a commute from Plano, you either hit 75, or the Dallas North Tollway depending on where in Plano you live. Traffic is usually lighter on the tollway.

If traffic was light I'd say about 15-20 minute trip down the highway would be about right.
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